New Sodom Tracks “In War and Pieces” & “Hellfire” Streaming

November 23, 2010

German thrash beasts Sodom released their debut demo, Witching Metal, in 1982. Holy shit! That was 28 years ago. Few of us can remember what we were doing in 1982* — probably watching Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan or wondering, “Who is Ozzy Osbourne? And why does he like bats so much?”, but…

Gnarls Barkley Kills Ladies & Wears Spikes…

November 23, 2010

Alright, so maybe the title of Cee Lo Green’s solo album The Lady Killer has a certain death-metal-circa-1991 throwback feel to it and, sure, the first single “Fuck You” likewise encapsulates some cross-genre sentiments, but I can’t be the only one surprised to learn the Gnarls Barkley frontman is not only not actually named Gnarls…

Otalgia, My Sweet Love: Magrudergrind “Crusher” EP Streaming

November 22, 2010

It’s no fucking time to start a record label. Physical sales have been hit by multiple (and surgical) airstrikes, digital downloads have flatlined, and record stores (not the big box crap either) ain’t having it easy. So, what does Scion A/V do? Of all the crazy things to finance, even angelically, Scion A/V have started…

Onward, Hos!

November 19, 2010

Chicago, Brooklyn and Cleveland, don’t you have something to do this weekend—other than refreshing Pitchfork for Cosmo reviews, ascot-fitting and accosting eight-year-old football fans?

It’s Not a “G’day” for the Black Mass Festival

November 18, 2010

An Australian black metal festival has been cancelled technically by an act of God. A Sydney club stopped the Black Mass Festival two weeks before bands such as Naxzul, Erebus Enthroned and Wardaemonic were to form a “diabolical union of Australia’s black metal elite” and participate in a “once in a lifetime live ritual and…

Decibel Announces Exclusive FLEXI DISC Series!

November 18, 2010

The heaviest music magazine in North America just got half an ounce heavier — the most vicious, crushing half an ounce you’ve ever experienced. It gives us tremendous pleasure to announce the launch of the Decibel Flexi Series. From now on, Decibel will treat its loyal subscribers to a new, extremely limited vinyl flexi disc…

The Wretched End (ex-Emperor) streaming MP3

November 18, 2010

So, two Norwegians — ex-Emperor/ex-Zyklon guitarist Samoth and Mindgrinder/ex-Scum guitarist Cosmo — and one Swede — ex-Dark Funeral/ex-Aeon drummer Nils Fjellström — team up to form The Wretched End. Now, typically Swedes despise the Norwegians for one reason or another (usually because the Norwegian Kronor has more purchasing power than the Swedish Kronor and the…

Literary Metalheads Unite, For Like Five Minutes!

November 17, 2010

First off, can someone send me a picture that would fall under the search title “Metalhead Reading”? Jesus Inverted Christ, the internet, all I want is a guy with gauntlets and a novel. It can’t be that elusive. Anyways, the post-metal version of book publishers, McSweeney’s, put up this game the other day that asks…

The Truth is a Brutal-ful Thing

November 17, 2010

Hopefully you’ve already heard the news about our incredible new Decibel Flexi Series—a subscriber-only treat in which one band each month will drop exclusive unreleased music on clear vinyl inside the magazine—and if so, you know that the first artist stepping up to deliver the brutal is, appropriately, Brutal Truth. But that’s not the only…

Pics of the Day: The Angry Baby Edition

November 17, 2010

“Phil Anselmo looks like a giant angry baby!” So came the cry from a friend who had just opened her mailbox to retrieve her issue of Decibel. Because I’m the last person to receive a copy (the post office can suck it), I didn’t know what the heck she was talking about. Then my copy…